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November 10, 2017

Birth Equity - A Pathway Forward

A woman’s experiences have an incredible impact on her baby’s birth outcomes. The stress patterns and social and economic environments that she has endured throughout her life will largely contribute to the health of her baby. While major public health agencies are recognizing the value in viewing infant mortality in light of the life course perspective and social determinants of health, the majority of plans, strategies, and tactics employed to address birth equity and infant mortality focus solely on the nine months of pregnancy. This brief advocates for expanded efforts to address the relevant stressors and makes three recommendations based on existing research.

October 9, 2017

CHIP Letter to Congress

Letter sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on October 3, 2017, urging Congress to take immediate action to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and describing the impact of CHIP on Ohio children.

October 3, 2017

BCRA Implications on Infant Mortality for Ohio

This two page fact sheet explains how the Senate health reform bill - the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA - will harm Ohio's efforts to improve its infant mortality rate.

June 29, 2017

Medicaid Protects Ohio's Future

Medicaid keeps Ohio children healthy by providing a robust schedule of screenings, immunizations, and wellness care, ensuring that sick children and children with disabilities receive needed care, and supporting Ohio's economy and future workers. This infographic provides some information about Medicaid in Ohio and why Congress must not act to cut Medicaid funding via per capita caps as part of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

May 18, 2017

School Discipline Policies

This addendum to our 2012 report on Zero Tolerance policies in Ohio schools provides an updated look at school discipline data in Ohio schools and how it is negatively impacting the school to prison pipeline in Ohio.

May 1, 2017

Delivering Better Outcomes for Black Babies through Breastfeeding: Policy Brief

Better support for breastfeeding moms could lower Ohio’s infant mortality rate. Delivering Better Outcomes for Black Babies through Breastfeeding highlights the benefits of breastfeeding for vulnerable infants and provides recommendations for how Ohio could better support new moms – especially Black moms.

February 27, 2017

Infographic – Breastfeeding Facts and Summary

Fact sheet with infographics to accompany the policy brief, Delivering Better Outcomes for Black Babies through Breastfeeding.

February 27, 2017

Children and the ACA Resources

Sources and additional resources for the Children and the Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet.

January 27, 2017

Children and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without first presenting a replacement plan that protects all families and children from loss of coverage and benefits would be a disaster for Ohio children. Before Congress undoes the very significant gains we have made over the past six years, it must provide a comprehensive replacement plan that works for ALL children. This fact sheet lists 14 items that are part of the ACA and directly benefit Ohio children. These provisions must be part of any ACA replacement plan.

January 27, 2017

Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads Fact Sheet

Fact sheet with data highlights and recommendations from Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action.

May 4, 2016

Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action

It is a critical time for Appalachian Ohio. CDF-Ohio continues its long commitment to this region by presenting this report, Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action. The report provides a current snapshot of the well-being of children in Ohio’s Appalachian region, identifies and prioritizes current needs and makes long-term recommendations for policy, outreach, community action, and regional focus.

May 4, 2016

The Early Childhood Hunger Imperative

Early childhood education must be the top priority for policymakers. Research is clear: Learning begins when a baby is born. Nurturing a baby’s brain with information is therefore very important. For a baby’s brain to develop, fuel is needed to build strong neuron connections. That fuel comes in part from good nutrition. Too many of Ohio’s babies are hungry and not receiving the fuel they need for their brains to reach their full potential.

January 28, 2016

Reaching Ohio's Ethnic Minority Children

Ensuring that families of all ethnic backgrounds access the health care they need to be healthy is one of the most important things we can do for our nation’s children. This report takes a snapshot of the Asian, African, and Latino populations in Ohio, and makes culturally-competent, community-driven recommendations about how to better enroll ethnic minority children and ensure that they are using their health coverage.

August 3, 2015

ICHIA Fact Sheet - Immigrant Eligibility for Medicaid

In doing research for Reaching Ohio's Ethnic Minority Children, CDF-Ohio discovered that Ohio has adopted a provision that makes all lawfully-residing immigrant children and pregnant women in Ohio eligible for Medicaid coverage without the need to wait five years after entering the U.S., as other lawfully-residing immigrants must do. This eligibility change and what Medicaid covers are summarized in this short, two page flyer.

August 1, 2015

Addressing Children's Trauma: A Toolkit for Schools

As a follow-up to our 2014 issue brief, Building Trauma-Informed Systems of Care for Children in Ohio, CDF-Ohio teamed up with Policy Matters Ohio to explore further how schools can implement (and in some cases, are implementing) trauma-informed care. This issue brief reviews how trauma impacts children's brain development, ability to learn, and behavior, and provides more detail about how schools can and should work to better serve students who experience trauma.

July 28, 2015

Preventing Seclusion and Restraint in Ohio's Schools

This issue brief explores the vast negative physical, psychological, and developmental consequences of seclusion and restraint on children, as well as the ways that seclusion and restraint destroy school culture and are often unfairly and arbitrarily used to target students of color and students with disabilities. Although Ohio has relatively new regulations intending to limit the use of seclusion and restraint in schools, the current policies are not sufficient to protect children. Preventing Seclusion and Restraint in Ohio's Schools, therefore, proposes alternative policies that would further limit the use of these aversive practices, with a goal of eliminating, or, at a minimum, reducing the use of seclusion and restraint in Ohio schools and better protecting all Ohio children from the profound harm that results from these practices.

February 1, 2015

2014 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

September 8, 2014

Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio's Rural Children Behind

Ohio's rural children face unique challenges arising from high levels of poverty in Appalachian counties and growing poverty rates in non-Appalachian rural counties. The health disparities that impact Ohio's rural children need urgent attention, and require unique solutions. This issue brief examines the health disparities impacting Ohio's rural children and makes recommendations so that Ohio policymakers can better address their needs.

August 1, 2014

Building Trauma-Informed Systems of Care

Exposure to trauma, such as community or domestic violence, abuse, an accident, or the loss of a parent, has a profound and negative impact on Ohio children. This issue brief explains how trauma impacts children’s physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional well-being, and is a significant risk factor for a host of bad outcomes for children, including alcohol and drug abuse, disease, disability, and social problems. The brief goes on to explain that children who have been traumatized need trauma-informed intervention and care to prevent a lifetime of health, learning, and behavioral issues. Finally, the brief lists recommendations for building broader, stronger, more integrated trauma-informed systems of care in Ohio’s schools, juvenile justice institutions, and other child-serving organizations.

January 15, 2014

School Resource Officers: Recommendations for Maximizing School Safety and Minimizing Risks to Ohio Children

This issue brief explains why schools and communities should reconsider adding police officers, often called School Resource Officers, to their school buildings. The presence of officers in schools greatly exacerbates the Cradle to Prison Pipeline and puts students at higher risk of being pushed out of school and into unnecessary involvement with the juvenile justice system. For those schools that do have School Resource Officers, the brief makes recommendations for how to integrate them into a positive school climate that minimizes the risks and maximizes safety.

August 15, 2013

2013 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

March 11, 2013

Preventing Firearm Injuries and Fatalities Among Ohio’s Youth: The Need to Implement a Comprehensive and Effective Child Access Prevention Law in Ohio

In the wake of the Newtown massacre when 20 six and seven-year-olds were killed, we find compelling evidence that a new law could protect Ohio's children from such a tragedy. This CDF-Ohio policy brief calls for the Ohio legislature to enact a Child Access Prevention Law (CAP) law that would require all guns to be stored safely and securely in any place. Evidence shows that CAP laws prevent gun deaths and injuries among children and teenagers, and reduce the significant economic, psychological, and emotional costs from gun violence.

December 1, 2012

Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio Update

As an update to the 2010 Juvenile Detention Reform Issue Brief and Fact Sheet, this issue brief highlights promising detention reform practices in Ohio and outlines a number of next steps that juvenile justice practitioners can take at the local and state levels.

December 1, 2012

Issue Brief: Zero Tolerance and Exclusionary School Discipline Policies Harm Students and Contribute to the Cradle to Prison Pipeline®

Out-of-school suspensions and expulsions—discipline practices that exclude children from school—have increased dramatically in the United States since the 1970s. This increase is largely due to schools’ overreliance on “zero tolerance” policies. Pushing students out of school does not assess the student’s underlying behavior or reach a long term solution. This issue brief outlines the problem of zero tolerance policies, including the disparate Impact on disabled, economically disadvantaged, and minority children and offers recommendations for policy change in Ohio.

November 1, 2012

Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Detention Facilities

CDF-Ohio and the Children’s Law Center, Inc. collaborated to raise awareness and support for juvenile pretrial detention reform in Ohio. This brief outlines the need for early mental health screening in detention centers, and supports the use of validated screening tools and provision of confidentiality to youth undergoing screening to ensure effective screening and treatment of youth.

October 1, 2012

Achieving Educational Stability for Foster Youth in Ohio and the Impact of the Fostering Connections Legislation

Children placed in substitute care often face unique educational challenges. Not only are they forced to deal with the trauma resulting from abuse and neglect, they must also confront many other barriers to school success: removal from their homes, separation from their families and friends, and multiple placements into temporary homes and new school environments. This issue brief explores some of the barriers to educational stability that affect foster youth, provides an overview of recent legislation that addresses these challenges, and recommends specific changes to be made at both the state and federal levels.

November 1, 2011

2011 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

January 1, 2011

Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio

The Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio, the Children’s Law Center, Inc., Voices for Ohio’s Children and the Juvenile Justice Coalition – Ohio collaborate to increase awareness and support among key stakeholders and the general public for juvenile pretrial detention reform in Ohio. This brief supports the adoption of alternatives that will keep youth out of pretrial detention whenever possible, while maintaining community safety. This brief and the related Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio Fact Sheet outline the current research and impact of juvenile pre-trial detention.

October 1, 2010

Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio Fact Sheet

A companion to the issue brief, Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio, this Fact Sheet provides an overview of juvenile detention and discusses the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).

October 1, 2010

2010 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

January 1, 2010

The Face of Health Disparities Among Children in Ohio

The Face of Health Disparities Among Children in Ohio exposes significant health disparities and inequitable access to health care among Ohio’s racial minority and low-income children. This issue brief examines trends in health outcomes among children in Ohio, highlights the barriers to an equitable system of care and provides an overview of four key strategies to help ensure all children and pregnant women in Ohio, access to comprehensive health care.

April 1, 2009

2009 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

January 1, 2009

Halting the Loss of Millions of Dollars in Earned Income Tax Credit Benefits from Ohio

This issue brief highlights the financial loss endured by hard-working Ohioans to tax preparation businesses, examines trends in Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) usage and provides an overview of four key measures that would help Ohio families keep the money they have earned and reduce child poverty.

July 1, 2008

2008 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

January 1, 2008

Ohio & Kinship Care:The Challenge for Grandparents & Other Caregivers

Ohio & Kinship Care provides information on the status of grandparent caregivers in Ohio. Although a kinship caregiver can be a family member or close friend of the child, the information in this issue brief focuses on grandparent caregivers and the grandchildren in their care because this is the only population for which data is currently available.

August 20, 2007

2007 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

January 1, 2007

2006 Ohio KIDS COUNT Data Book

December 30, 2006

Employer Toolkit: Healthy Start Healthy Families

December 30, 2006

Promising Practices: Ohio Covering Kids and Families

November 1, 2006

Ohio's Appalachian Children

In 2001, CDF-Ohio published a report on the well-being of Ohio's Appalachian children, one of the first of its kind to report on children in that specific region in Ohio.

January 31, 2001

















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